Shoulder joint osteoarthritis

Case contributed by Dr Shailaja Muniraj


Long standing shoulder pain. Painful shoulder joint movements.

Patient Data

Age: 70 years
Gender: Female

Gross degenerative changes noted in the form of:

  • There is osteophytosis from the mid and inferior articular margins of humerus. Associated articular surface irregularity with subchondral sclerosis seen. There is gross reduction of the gleno-humeral joint space with loss of cartilage.
  • Enthesopathy changes noted in the bicipital groove. Few osseous projections noted in the anatomic neck, it appears to narrow the bicipital groove.
  • Cystic changes with adjacent sclerosis noted within glenoid labrum.
  • There is a well defined small loose body noted in the subcoracoid space.
  • There is reduction of the acromioclavicular joint space with subchondral cystic changes.
  • Small volume joint effusion seen.

There is partial tear of the  supraspinatus tendon. No retraction.

There is a well defined homogeneous lesion noted in the subcutaneous plane of posterolateral uppermost arm. This lesion follows subcutaneous fat signal on all sequences. No evident suspicious features. This lesion flattens the contour of deltoid muscle.

Subacromial - subdeltoid bursitis noted.



The above described bony changes are well appreciated.

Special thanks: Dr Nanda Kumar

Case Discussion

This is a case of shoulder joint osteoarthritis with incidentally detected subcutaneous lipoma.

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Case information

rID: 50770
Published: 21st Jan 2017
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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